Because we can never have too many books that teach about peace…
Books on Peace for Children
All the World
by Liz Scanlon and Illustrated by Marla Frazee
This book, filled with beautiful illustrations and soothing rhymes, celebrates the connections between families, friends and the larger community.
By Day, By Night
by Amy Gibson and Illustrated by Meilo So
Rhyming text and energetic watercolors present children from around the world engaging in everyday activities until evening until a new day begins.
Dog and Bear: Two’s Company
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Even the best of friends sometimes have problems they must work out, and true for Dog and Bear, the best friends who can get angry but get over it.
The Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
The fable about how the smallest creature — a mouse — saves the majestic lion is a tale of kindness returned. Here it is effectively recast as a wordless story in a new setting. Stunning illustrations are expressive and emotive, evoking Africa’s Serengeti while retaining the tale’s power.
by Brandon Stanton
Color photographs of children who get back up even if they fall. The portraits show children of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds accompanied by a poetic text, together emphasizing the commonalities among children.
A Little Peace
by Barbara Kerley
All it takes is one hand, one smile, and a single voice to achieve it; and children everywhere can “spread a little peace.”
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport and Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Martin Luther King Jr. grew up fascinated by big words. In this award-winning book, portraits of Dr. King show how he used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
by Kate Smith Milway and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
This fictionalized story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana, who changes his world with a small loan and one hen, is based on the real life of Kwabena Darko who lives in West Africa. Darko started a system of micro-loans in villages that would not otherwise have access.
Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace
by James Proimos
Paulie Pastrami is just a kid, and a kid who even has trouble getting his socks to match. But Paulie has big plans. In order to achieve his plan of world peace, Paulie begins with small kindnesses, which are sure to grow.
The Peace Book
by Todd Parr
For children, the concept of peace can be a difficult one to understand, and Parr makes an admirable attempt to explain it. He relates the notion to making new friends, listening to different kinds of music, and helping your neighbor.
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangara Maathai
by Claire Nivola
Wangari Maathai’s native Kenya was a changed land, literally blowing away because its trees and growth had been destroyed. Rather than complain, she started a reforestation effort for which she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
by Jon J Muth
A traditional tale is set in China as three Zen monks come to a remote village where residents are wary of strangers. The villagers gradually add ingredients to the initial soup the monks begin from a stone, building a community feast.
The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson
All the bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together, but Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. And he does just that, until the day a bumblebee and some men from the Madrid bullfights give gentle Ferdinand a chance to be the most ferocious star of the corrida—and the most unexpected comic hero.
by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler, and illustrated by Ronald Himler and Eve Bunting
A boy describes the trip he takes with his father to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Together, they look for the name of his grandfather, who died before he was born.
by Shane Evans
Two children aroused by their parents join a march for equal rights. Illustrations convey the children’s evolving feelings as they join scores of others in what adults recognize as an historic march for civil rights.
by Jon J Muth
One rainy day, Stillwater, a panda, shows up at the home of three siblings. The short (Zen) stories he tells reveal wisdom to each child.